Originally Posted by TimeAndroid
On the Android site, they said that 4.3 checks every app you install by a blacklist maintained by Google and that each app is sandboxed. Do you guys think an AV is still necessary?
It really depends on how much you care about security. There has been several virus on Android, but most of the thing comes from Android applications. A Virus can come from an image, email attachment or anything else shared. But the question would more be: Who use Android for its security? There are much better operating systems for security maniacs.
I suppose that you mean AV for Anti-virus. Some apps claim to be anti-virus, but they are not at all. It's more of analyzing app behavior and permissions than virus registries.
I personally do not use Anti-Virus because I do nothing really sensitive. I don't even care if my android device is turned unto zombie bitcoin machine for others